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Premier League Table 2014 Week 23: Predicting How the Standings Will Change

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has made a promising start at the club.
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has made a promising start at the club.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press
Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 18, 2014

The Premier League's top two sides and a number from the bottom of the table played on Saturday afternoon, meaning plenty changed in the standings.

But across Sunday and Monday there are three more games to go, involving sides across the whole spectrum of the table and plenty more potential for big changes in how the league looks.

Below is the current Premier League standings:

Premier League table as of Jan. 18, 2014.
2Manchester City2216243850
7Manchester United2111461137
10Aston Villa226610-724
15West Brom21498-521
16Crystal Palace226214-1720
18West Ham224612-1118

Tottenham will hope to continue their good run against Swansea.
Tottenham will hope to continue their good run against Swansea.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Spurs to sidestep potential upset against struggling Swansea

Tottenham travel to Swansea in Sunday's early game hoping to continue their push for Champions League football next season.

They might have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup and FA Cup on Tim Sherwood's watch, but since the new manager was appointed Spurs have gone unbeaten in the league and will move within touching distance of fourth-placed Liverpool with a win against Swansea.

If that isn't motivation enough, they must consider that their next three league games include Manchester City and Everton and could have a big bearing on where they will finish at the end of the season. So a victory is important.

Swansea, meanwhile, will want to snap out of a Premier League winless streak which has stretched to seven games now. Michael Laudrup's side look secure in 14th place, but they are precariously just three points above the drop zone and will find it hard to break their poor run against Tottenham.

Manchester United have fallen off the pace under David Moyes.
Manchester United have fallen off the pace under David Moyes.Scott Heppell/Associated Press

Manchester United to launch late challenge via victory over Chelsea

Manchester United have been out of sorts all season, with David Moyes seemingly unable to motivate his side into a push for the top four.

However, the side that won the Premier League last season haven't evaporated overnight, and although they will be without Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at Stamford Bridge they are more than capable of springing a surprise.

A win will keep United in touch with the Champions League qualification spots and act as a major confidence boost after 2014 began with three consecutive defeats.

Youngsters Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj will again be the central figures if United are to get any joy at Chelsea, who have shown in all competitions this season that they are beatable.

Pepe Mel will want to make a good first impression when he takes charge of his first West Brom game.
Pepe Mel will want to make a good first impression when he takes charge of his first West Brom game.Paulo Duarte/Associated Press

Everton to be edged out by buoyant Baggies

The appointment of Pepe Mel at West Brom put an end to uncertainty that had been rife at the club since the sacking of Steve Clarke in mid-December.

The former Real Betis coach has a distinct playing style, one that will see the Baggies rival Roberto Martinez's patient possession football and mount a challenge for European football next season, as reported by BBC Sport.

In the short-term, the brief for West Brom is to maintain their Premier League status. Currently three points above the relegation zone, wins are needed quickly, but Mel has a good squad to work with and will find himself in possession of a group of players keen to impress him.

Everton, without the influential Ross Barkley, who has broken his foot, per David Kent in the Daily Mail, could struggle to play with the same fast tempo and fluency in midfield allowing West Brom chances to spring an unlikely victory.


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